Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


Did I say Oates and Tonge named names? those Jolly Japesters didn't just name names, they reeled them off by the dozen and so fast that the Court copyist was fair sweating in his wig and gown as he tried to write them all down, and then there was the checking of dates and locations but, by crikey, Old Oates had a prodigious memory and once he read or heard a name and a place and a date mentioned or written quite apart or all together he couldn't be shaken by any cross-examination: hotsy-totsy Dukes and Earls, common as muck Cobblers and defrocked Clergy, they were all there in his head and screaming to be let out and set down in black ink on white paper to be checked and rechecked and confirmed and summoned and questioned and given the old third-degree, or occasionally the fourth-degree, or allowed to catch a whispered mention of The Rack or The Boot or The Press and that was enough to bring abject confessions and more names and even more names and such a careering outpouring of weel-kent names that the lawyers and judges and spectators began to wonder why they had been left out and not invited to join this august club of the famous and infamous and all the time itching inside their wigs and robes for fear that a witness might just glance up and say: "oh, yes, you were there, weren't you? tell them it's true, everything I've said and sworn on my oath, please, you were there, tell them!" and so, each morning, with a "g'dy," here and a "mrn'n," there, for rum cove that he was Oates tended to disemvowel his words before breakfast, probably saving them all for the evidence he would give later, and then one day he announced that Dr George Wakeman, physician to the Queen herself, Catherine of Braganza had plotted and planned to poison the King and oh! what a Hullabaloo! well, Cheery Charlie was very jolly about all this, not im the least concerned that his wife and her personal physician were alleged as being party to a conspiracy to assassinate him; but Namby-Pamby believed every word and even when the Privy Council heard the accusations and the defences and decided to take no action, the good Doctor and another gentleman were charged along with three Jesuits and stood trial at the Old Bailey before Chief Justice 'Billy the Butcher' Scroggs who, despite being an enthusiastic Hanging Judge and having despatched a number of other accused, and not a few pellars in his day, made it very clear to the entire Court and especially the Jury that he did not want a guilty verdict brought in on the good Doctor – perhaps being Fellow Brothers in the same Masonic Lodge helped Dr Wakeman (and the other defendants) for the rather nervous jury acquitted them all – possibly on the basis that better safe than sorry and the belief that anyone who crossed Scroggs would end up swinging at Tyburn!

(by MissTeriWoman)


The Pellar of Wells was a man of renown,
It's said he could conjure a toad from a jar;
I asked them if that was the same as a clown
Careering along in a daft diddy car.
Their answer was that he was all 'hotsy-totsy'
(I must disemvowel what they really said)
And when I replied he was most likely dotty
They said that I should not dishonour the dead.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 04, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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